Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day Three Hundred Sixteen

India IN-14150 received 07-31-2010

Sent by: kapre
From: New Delhi, India
ID number: IN-14150
Notes: Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest minar (or minaret) in India at 237.8 ft (72.5 m) tall.  It is made of red sandstone and marble, and has 379 steps leading to the top.  Construction was started in 1173, but not finished until 1368.  The main function of a minar is as a vantage point from which to issue the 5-times-daily call to prayer for Muslims.  Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Indonesia CN-159573 received 02-11-2010
Sent by: AnnaPiu
From: China
ID number: CN-159573
Notes: While the sender of this card is from China, the card actually shows a Hindu temple in Indonesia.  Like the previous card, this one also shows a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This is the main temple in the complex - the Shiva temple.  It is 154 ft (47 m) tall.  Construction on the complex was started in the year 850, but the site was abandoned after an earthquake destroyed the temple in the 16th century.  In 1918, the Dutch began restoration of the complex, and the restoration work continues to this day.

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